December 7, 2014 ~ 10:30am
Second Sunday of Advent
The People of Peace Church
Karen Sheldon, Interpreter
Anne Skwira-Brown, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude by Our Worship Team: “One Voice” by the Wailin’ Jennys
Jane Aas, Ron Deters, John Erickson, Dan Shepard, Tim Carpenter
Greeting One Another
Ringing of the Peace Bells and Lighting of Candles by Acolytes
God is Revealed as We Gather
Song “Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn” (#107, 2 verses)
Lighting the Second Advent Candle ~ The Candle of Peace
Led by Pam Kramer and Mari Doffin
*Opening Hymn “Comfort, Comfort O My People” (#101)
Unison Prayer of Confession
All too often we fail in our efforts to live as God would have us live.
We push away, turning cold shoulders to God and each other.
We express anger and resentment instead of compassion and grace.
We seek revenge instead of reconciliation.
In these moments we ask God to forgive us and set us upon the right path. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
God is Revealed in the Word
God’s Word in the Prophets: Isaiah 40:1–11
Solo “Every Valley” by Handel sung by Mark Hakes
God’s Word in the Gospel: Mark 1:1–8
Sermon “Off Center, Falling into Grace”
Anthem “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl
soloists: Gudrun Witrak, Mary Pat Renaud, David Hoffman
We Respond to God’s Presence
Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer,
the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), and Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offering
Offertory “Little Wing” by Neil Young
*The Thanksgiving (Doxology)
Hope in the God who reigns above,
who holds us all in steadfast love,
whose Spirit blows across the earth,
preparing us for second birth.
Prayer of Dedication
Sharing Communion Together
Our vision is to be an accessible, open and affirming community growing in Christian faith, committed to peace and justice, and reaching out in healing love to all of creation, including all people, respecting and valuing the diversity of people’s sexual orientation, race, culture, gender, age, opinions, and physical and mental abilities.
Song during Communion “Urge for Going” by Joni Mitchell
Unison Prayer of Thanksgiving
Bountiful God, we give thanks that you have refreshed us at your table by granting us the presence of Christ. Strengthen our faith, increase our love for one another, and send us forth into the world in courage and peace.
*Closing Hymn “The King of Glory Comes”
(p. 9 in P & W Songbook)
*Postlude “Little Wing” by Eric Gales